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Tower soup maker - £35 - Clearance @ AO
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Tower soup maker - £35 - Clearance @ AO

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Posted 30th Dec 2019
Great soup maker, this one cooks (rather than some which just heat through). Bought to replace my aging one which has just given up after 7 years. Yes, you can do the same with a pan and a blender but if, like me, you can't afford to waste the time standing there these come highly recommended.

Information from the ao website:-
Key Features
  • 1.7 litre jug capacity
  • Easily adjust the temperature to suit your meal
  • Sturdy blades break down even the toughest ingredients
  • Heater keeps your soup at the perfect temperature
  • Built-in digital timer

Product Overview
Prepare delicious, healthy soups in the comfort of your own home with this multifunctional soup maker from Tower. It has a large 1.7 litre capacity jug, so it’s ideal for making large batches to freeze and store for later in the week. Whether you prefer a smooth cream of mushroom, or a chunky minestrone, the sturdy blades will make short work of even the toughest ingredients. And when you’ve got it to the perfect consistency, you can start cooking straight away thanks to the built-in heater – so there’s no need to waste time transferring it to a pan. You can easily adjust the temperature depending on your recipe too, while the 30 minute timer ensures perfect results every single time.
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Good deal and totally agree about using a soup pan. Life's too short and all that...

Heat added.
Edited by: "bellboys" 30th Dec 2019
Thank you for posting this, I've always wanted to try making my own soup. Mine is being delivered on Monday.
Heat from me OP
pat-w30/12/2019 20:26

Thank you for posting this, I've always wanted to try making my own soup. …Thank you for posting this, I've always wanted to try making my own soup. Mine is being delivered on Monday.Heat from me OP



I'm a fairly recent convert and love it! Some great recipes here

lianaskitchen.co.uk
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bellboys30/12/2019 20:30

I'm a fairly recent convert and love it! Some great recipes …I'm a fairly recent convert and love it! Some great recipes herewww.lianaskitchen.co.uk


Thanks for the link
Has anyone had one of these and the Murphy Richards one? Is this any better?
sboothy31/12/2019 08:41

Has anyone had one of these and the Murphy Richards one? Is this any …Has anyone had one of these and the Murphy Richards one? Is this any better?


I've had the ancient version of this with the plastic jug. This model is identical except the jug is now metal and the closure sensor magnet is now located on the outside. I like the fact you can use it as a blender / smoothie maker and that it has the 'inner pot' so you can leave what you want unblended whilst blending up the ingredients you want to at the same time. I haven't had another model so can't comment if it's better but I find this one versatile and suitable for us if that helps?
Edited by: "eeyoreworld" 31st Dec 2019
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Back in stock, pardon the pun
OK so I received this product on Friday morning and thought I'd leave my thoughts here for anyone considering buying one.

Originally it was a search for a new blender that led me to this Soup Maker on hukd. My previous one had given up the ghost after much loyal service. I regularly make soups, so had toyed with the idea of a soup maker before, and as this one serves separately as a blender I thought I had nothing to lose, apart from the extra tenner or so this cost me as opposed to a new blender.

The appliance is nice, modern looking - doesn't look out of place in the kitchen if left out. Several different functions including steam/boil, blend, chunky and smooth soup.

My first attempt was my go to soup, "Indian Spiced Tomato." This was a bit of a disaster. The soup contains among it's ingredients a few tablespoons of red lentils. These burned and stuck to the bottom of the soup maker and took an hour of intermittent soaking and scrubbing to remove.

Second attempt, a basic vegetable soup recipe, using the insert provided to make sure I got a soup with big chunks of veg in. Again, some of this stuck to the bottom of the soup maker, although not as badly as the lentils. And the consistency of the soup was slightly thinner than I'd get using a pan, slotted spoon and blender.

The third recipe I tried was one on the link bellboy posted on this thread, "Sweet Potato and Red Chilli." This was the best so far as regards ease of use of the appliance, with a tiny amount stuck to the bottom of the soup maker.

My fourth soup, just now, was a basic tomato soup. I used the traditional pan and spoon method to cook the soup before transferring it into the soup maker and using the "blend" function. This is a three minute program consisting of varying time length pulses. In these three minute I washed the pan I'd used to make the soup in. This soup was perfect, and once I'd transferred to bowls the soup maker simply needed rinsing, a quick wipe round inside with a soapy sponge, swilling with clean water, and it was as clean as a whistle.

So in summary, do I like this machine - yes. Does it serve it's full intended purpose as a one stop soup maker - no. Unfortunately it's far easier to make in the pan the blend than have the rigmarole of cleaning the bottom of a narrow, deep jug when you've finished. And before anyone gives me hints on soaking lentils for 4 hours before using in a recipe, spraying the base of the soup maker with oil before use, or soaking the soup maker in biological washing powder for 24 hours before cleaning - I've taken these tips into account and the pan and blender method is still easier and less time consuming.

Thank you for reading if you got this far!
Have to say I've got the Soup and Saute Morphy Richards soup maker and encountered none of these problems. And I read the bit about not suggesting using oil but hey ho it certainly works in mine. Never had anything stick on the bottom although come to think of it I've always sauted the onions I always use in the bottom with a tablespoon of olive oil? When you say you've taken these into account does that mean you have actually done it? Can't imagine the stuff sticking on the bottom if olive oil is covering it.

It just could be that the Tower is not a particularly good soup maker, hence the low price/clearance? Certainly in Which's top 10 best buys soup makers Morphy Richards absolutely dominated it.

Edit: I noticed it's got adjustable temperature? Are you turning it too high, maybe?

Furher edit: One thing i also always do is use boiling water, in order to save the machine's heater having to work too hard to get the meal up to heat..Plus i alwaays rinse the machine out immediately after using it and depositing the soup into bowls.
Edited by: "bellboys" 5th Jan
Yeah for the second soup I oiled the base of the jug and still got food stuck, in the same area as before so I think that this particular soup maker probably either distributes heat unevenly across the base of the jug, or the blender accumulates solid food in that area and therefore it burns or sticks.

There's nowhere to adjust the temperature as far as I can see. I used hot stock first, cold stock second. I've read lots of tips and appreciate your advice but really when a quick wash out of a pan used to prepare the soup for the blender is all it takes to avoid any of these preventative measures, you do have to ask, are soup makers really worth it over pan and blender? In my experience, it's a definite no and that's just an honest account.
SiB12305/01/2020 15:36

are soup makers really worth it over pan and blender? In my experience, …are soup makers really worth it over pan and blender? In my experience, it's a definite no and that's just an honest account.



If you buy the correct soup maker i would say yes, most definitely.

Features We Love

Variable Temperature Control
Yes
Edited by: "bellboys" 5th Jan
bellboys05/01/2020 16:07

If you buy the correct soup maker i would say yes, most definitely. If you buy the correct soup maker i would say yes, most definitely. Features We LoveVariable Temperature Control Yes


That's misinformation, there aren't any buttons on the device to vary the temperature and there isn't a mention of this feature in the instruction manual.
SiB12305/01/2020 16:22

That's misinformation, there aren't any buttons on the device to vary the …That's misinformation, there aren't any buttons on the device to vary the temperature and there isn't a mention of this feature in the instruction manual.


What does the heat up button on the bottom right do? I wonder if it increases the heat with every press?

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Checking out the 1 star reviews on amazon (to be fair only 10% of total) quite a few mention burning on bottom.

amazon.co.uk/pro…r=1

Personally i would consider returning and maybe getting a Morphy Richards saute and soup maker? I got mine from Amazon warehouse used - very good for just over 40 quid and manged to register it on MRs website for the 2 year warranty - clearly an unused customer return. Worked flawlessly since I got it and no sign of burning at all. plus with the saute feature no other pots to wash!
Edited by: "bellboys" 5th Jan
bellboys05/01/2020 16:26

What does the heat up button on the bottom right do? I wonder if it …What does the heat up button on the bottom right do? I wonder if it increases the heat with every press? [Image]


"Heat Up - This function heats up cold ingredients or soup, so that they can be served again. The heat-up cycle has a total duration of 9.5 minutes."
SiB12305/01/2020 16:36

"Heat Up - This function heats up cold ingredients or soup, so that they …"Heat Up - This function heats up cold ingredients or soup, so that they can be served again. The heat-up cycle has a total duration of 9.5 minutes."




See my post above - seems like a pretty common occurrence on this soup maker!
Yes. As I've said, it's easy enough yo prepare the soup in a pan and use the soup maker as a blender. I make quite a lot of soups and marinades that can stain a white blender so I like that this is a metal jug and will avoid staining. To return and order an alternative would be more hassle than using a pan and tipping it into a blender for the rest of my soup making life so I'll stick with this.
SiB12305/01/2020 16:40

Yes. As I've said, it's easy enough yo prepare the soup in a pan and use …Yes. As I've said, it's easy enough yo prepare the soup in a pan and use the soup maker as a blender. I make quite a lot of soups and marinades that can stain a white blender so I like that this is a metal jug and will avoid staining. To return and order an alternative would be more hassle than using a pan and tipping it into a blender for the rest of my soup making life so I'll stick with this.


Totally your call of course, just a shame you've bought a soup maker but due to it not being totally fit for purpose you still have to use a soup pan. But I accept returning and ordering an alternative is a faff.

Edit: what AO are doing stating this has variable temperature control I just dont know.

Just taken a pic of the base of my morphy Richards soup maker with saute function and still looks fine after 6 weeks of heavy use (although the sides could do with a light scour ).

What that materiel is in the centre I don't know. It feels like plastic but obviously isn't!

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Edited by: "bellboys" 5th Jan
I've got the old version of this model, we did have a problem with burning sometimes that was resolved when i :-
a) melted any added stock first in a little boiling water.
b) blended the ingredients together in the machine before hitting the soup button.
c) using more water / stock.

I appreciate this burning may be a problem with the new model which can't be resolved, mine arrives tomorrow so will test asap and post up the results. May be worth trying the above to see if it helps at all?
Thanks eeyoreworld, more helpful tips. Add those to the ones I'd already found though and that's quite a lot of bases to cover as opposed to just making soup in the pan then transferring it to blend in the soup maker
Anyone had an issue with this beeping constantly when its turned on and none of the functions working? Might be a simple issue that I'm missing
magicdamo06/01/2020 13:32

Anyone had an issue with this beeping constantly when its turned on and …Anyone had an issue with this beeping constantly when its turned on and none of the functions working? Might be a simple issue that I'm missing


Have you put a jug full of boiling water/stock on it? That happens when it's "overheat" prevention kicks in. If not, check the base and unit are dry as it could be detecting water
magicdamo06/01/2020 13:32

Anyone had an issue with this beeping constantly when its turned on and …Anyone had an issue with this beeping constantly when its turned on and none of the functions working? Might be a simple issue that I'm missing


Check the magnet in the jug lid is lined up properly that could be the problem.
Not sure what the issue was but it's working now, cheers for the help.
will this be good making milk shake with almonds , cashews some strawberries and bananas etc. struggling to find something decent
faisalak708/01/2020 14:57

will this be good making milk shake with almonds , cashews some …will this be good making milk shake with almonds , cashews some strawberries and bananas etc. struggling to find something decent


It works similar to a blender as well and has a function to blend ingredients without heating them so should work however a blender may be a cheaper option?
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